Bandit’s advantages over Vermeer hand-fed drum chippers
- Superior engine
- Larger-diameter chipping drums
- Slide box feed system
More Torque, Less Fuel
In a comparison of Bandit and Vermeer’s top drum chippers, the Bandit 990XP, the Bandit 1390XP, and the Bandit 1590XP all have more torque than the equivalent Vermeer models. Bandit engines also use less gallons per hour, making this a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective option for consumers. The Bandit 990XP and 12XP models both have an engine capable of 285 ft/lbs torque while the Vermeer BC1000XL only has 181 ft/lbs torque, that 104ft/lbs more torque.
Larger Drum, Better Efficiency
Bigger is better! Bandit’s chipping drums are heavier, making them more durable than Vermeer’s. The Bandit 1390XP has a drum diameter of 37” by 18 ¾” wide while the Vermeer B1500 XL only has a diameter of 22 ½” by 22” wide. The larger diameter chipping drums mean material is chipped towards the bottom half of the drum creating less stress vibration. Since the drums are bigger, they do not need to turn as fast. The slower turning drum creates more torque, so less horsepower and fuel are needed. All these benefits prioritize efficiency.
Bandit’s Slide Box Feed System provides direct down pressure on material entering the chipper. The Bandit 1590XP produces 600 pounds of force while the Vemeer BC1800XL can only produce 380 pounds of force. Greater down pressure drastically reduces chainsaw work and operator fatigue. The slide box allows the top feed wheel to travel straight up and down. This provides the direct down pressure to crush and pull material into the chipper. Vermeer’s vertical feed wheels only have support on the top side which causes the feed wheels to eventually slant outward over time. Horizontal feed wheels provide equal bearing support on each side of the feed wheel which increases longevity and durability.
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